It’s again becoming apparent in the Premier League that spending the most money will mean that you top the league – after two games anyway – after Man City came out of the weekend as leaders. One of the sides that has challenged almost every year since the league’s inception looks to be on its way out.
The biggest talking point
What exactly is going on at Arsenal right now? Arsene Wenger’s are still yet to score a league goal after this weekend’s home loss to Liverpool and it ended a week when the Frenchman finally started to lose his marbles. It’s been over six years since the trophy-cabinet saw any action with the sale of Cesc Fabregas and impending loss of Samir Nasri seeming to signal that they may even drop out of the top four this season.
Saturday’s game showed their lack of depth in defence as Ignasi Miquel made his league debut and was largely at fault for a calamitous first goal. Luis Suarez added a second and left a sodden looking Wenger pondering what might be next.
Goal of the weekend
Ryan Taylor did what he does best and curled in a free kick from the edge of the area giving the goalkeeper no chance. It also meant a first Tyne and Wear derby success for boss Alan Pardew.
Joey Barton watch
Was harangued for much of Newcastle’s derby with Sunderland and he contributed towards the dismissal of Phil Bardsley for a second bookable offence. Who’s next?!
Four remain. Man City. Wolves. Man Utd. Tottenham. Granted Spurs haven’t played a game yet. It’s still a 100% record though.
How the gambling industry sponsored sides got on
It was again a mixed bag with Wolves (Sportingbet) and Aston Villa (Genting) both occupying Champions League spots after impressive wins. Bolton (188BET) were unlucky not to grab a point at home to Man City whereas Sunderland (Tombola) were very disappointing in losing at home to Newcastle. Wigan (12Bet) and Swansea (12Bet) drew. West Brom (Bodog) were valiant in defeat at Stamford Bridge have performed admirably in losing to last season’s top two by the odd goal on consecutive weeks.
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The first two sides faced each other this weekend with Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm making sure the game against Wigan remained goal-less.
Wolves face Aston Villa next Saturday and Swansea face Sunderland.
Another two of the league’s hundred percenters face each other this evening as Spurs attempt to win at Old Trafford for the first time this century.